An immersive music and arts experience
Morjim Goa India
27 28 29 January 2017
An immersive music and arts experience
Morjim Goa India
27 28 29 January 2017
A cocktail of genre defying acts from across the cosmos bringing interplanetary good vibes to the shores of Goa.
Not content with just being a highly successful international club and radio DJ, Gilles Peterson is also an avid record collector, a curator, a music producer and record label boss. He has a long history of running record labels, including Acid Jazz in the late Eighties, Talkin Loud in the Nineties through to his current venture, Brownswood Recordings, which releases some of the best underground music around. As a curator, Gilles holds the record for compilation releases, having put together over 100. As a remixer and producer he has been involved in a number of projects around the world, including the Havana Cultura series of albums and culminating with 2014’s Sonzeira album, where Gilles went to Brazil with collaborators Rob Gallagher, Dil Harris and Kassin to work with some of Brazil’s finest musicians. New initiatives include the launch of the online radio station, Worldwide FM, broadcasting from its London HQ and from studios around the world. Expect the finest tunage from across the globe.
Founder and resident dj of the legendary Secretsundaze club nights, James has a distinct djing style, playing broadly what you would describe as deep House & Techno, often borrowing from his freestyle background, preferring to move things around rather than follow one linear groove. You will also notice James’ solid musical background in his sets and productions usually favoring strong melodies and warm, organic sounds. His style hasn’t gone unnoticed and he regularly plays some of the best clubs and parties around the world, highlights including Robert Johnson (Offenbach), Fabric (London), Air (Tokyo), Output (NYC), Studio 80 (Amsterdam) and Space (Ibiza).
Like her naturally occurring namesake, Sandunes – otherwise known as Sanaya Ardeshir – plays with broad landscapes of sound. Her sonic identity has evolved alongside her journey from pianos to production.
Her performances reveal an appetite for integrating studio and stage. Audiences at home and on the road have seen her supporting Pretty Lights in Colorado, performing at India’s Magnetic Fields festival, playing India’s first ever Boiler Room series in Mumbai, and collecting sounds for Red Bull’s Searching For Sound series.
Outside of the studio, Sandunes advocates accessibility and exposure around music-making, and regularly gives workshops and talks on music production and performance, including at Ableton’s LOOP in Berlin, at Mumbai’s G5A and on Point Blank’s online network of production masterclasses.
In 2015 she co-founded Perfectiming – her duo with beat poet and RBMA alum Jivraj Singh.
She is also a member of DASTA – a collective of 6 Indian beatmakers, that focuses on DIY growth and empowerment through the arts.
Her work has been recognised by international and local tastemakers across various media including Rolling Stone, Vh1, RBMA Daily, Tom Tom Mag.
In 2016 she was hosted at an APRAAMCOS Songhubs in Sydney, performed as Perfectiming in Kuwait for an RBMA series, performed across 6 cities in the U.S., recorded at the Red Bull studios in NY, released a sample pack via the Ableton blog, and independently released her full length album – DOWNSTREAM.
Kiasmos (DJ set)
Kiasmos (DJ set)
Kiasmos is Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, famed for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Iceland-based producer Janus Rasmussen, known as the mastermind and vocalist of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup as well as having produced and mixed many known Icelandic artists. Both living in Reykjavík, the two musicians found themselves working together on various musical projects through which they discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds. The DJ set at GOAT festival will just feature Janus.
Sarathy Korwar is a percussionist/composer born in the US, raised in India and now based in London. Sarathy trained as a classical tabla player under the guidance of Shri Rajeev Devasthali and Pandit Sanju Sahai but is equally at ease on the tabla or drum-kit. Since graduating from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London, Sarathy has performed and collaborated with likes of jazz/improvised music legends Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, award winning instrumentalists Arun Ghosh, Shabaka Hutchings and Indian classical musicians such as Pt. Ajay Prasanna, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Pt. Sanju Sahai and Padmashree Pt. Pratap Pawar. In 2015, he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama at the Royal Opera House in London. His first album Day To Day was released on Ninja Tune in July 2016 and features field recordings of Sidi musicians, who are descendants of African migrants in India. At the centre of his aesthetic is a strong faith and reliance on intuition, spontaneity and improvisation.
BLOT! is the Basic Love Of Things – a one of a kind experience presented by Gaurav Malaker.
Since he began making music in 2007, BLOT! has gone from a more straightforward live dance act to a more multi-disciplinary experience. Gaurav has delivered an inspiring run of music releases in his career spanning six years, as well as immersive audiovisual sets and innumerable art installations in India and abroad amassing a considerable and loyal fan base within the country. BLOT!’s club act combines deep, emotive electronica with live video sampling. BLOT! has performed at legendary venues and festivals across the wold including Trsor and Bar25 (Berlin), Nuits Sonores (Lyon) and at London’s South Bank Centre in his years making music. BLOT! was recently voted into the GQ 50 Most Influential Young Indians list, won the VH1 SoundNation award for best electronic act 2014, INCA Best DJ Delhi 2016 as well as a double win at the MyFav Awards for Artist Of The Year & Techno DJ of 2016. his most recent release was picked up by iconic label Diynamic Music.
Aqua Dominatrix is producer Akshay Rajpurohit’s pseudonym for an electronic avatar comprising of free floating synthpop, verging on techno. Akshay is also a part of popular metal bands Scribe and Pangea. Aqua Dominatrix sees him leap out of his comfort zone into a world of analog synthesis. After the debut release of a 12track album ‘Sadomist’, he played his first gig at MTV Spiro, opening for Pretty Lights in Mumbai, 2015. Aqua Dominatrix’s live performances range from nu-disco infused synthpop to dark techno and acid.
Over the past three years Medlar has slowly but surely been putting together pieces of his own puzzle of a musical career and gaining fans and attention from all the right people one step at a time. His raw and emotive take on production has laid solid foundations with tracks such as Terrel, gaining recognition and support from tastemakers including Floating Points and DJ Nature to name a few. His quality and calculated output has lead to support on radio with plays on Radio 1, 6 Music and he regularly guest mixes on Rinse FM in the UK. In a previous incarnation as Klic, Ned Pegler (Medlar) remixed and produced more UK and 2 step leaning sounds for his own record label Hit and Hope whilst studying in Brighton. Since relocating to London, the Medlar project has gone from strength to strength.
South Londoner Henry Wu has been rightly labelled as one of the most exciting emerging producers of recent years. Drawing from different ends of the musical spectrum, his diversity on record is also apparent in his DJ sets, where he deftly speeds up and down to deliver his sound knowledge of funk and jazz, to more contemporary house stylings. Making serious dents in clubland within a very short space of time- from his sellout London residency to key club and festival shows in Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, Begium, France and many more, Wu breaks all the rules when it comes to production and musicianship. 2016 saw his sound being championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, LeFtO, Jimpster, Detroit Swindle, Osunlade, IG Culture and Toddla T to name a few.
The Turbans is an international musical collective bringing together exciting traditional near-eastern and eastern-European styles and original compositions, to create a modern and energetic performance with reverence for its ancient roots.
Growing from the intertwining paths of many talented musicians travelling the world, this extraordinary project has grown in a few years from very humble beginnings, into a progressive name on the London music scene. It’s members have gathered from countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Italy, Greece and England to perform in concerts and festivals around the UK, Turkey, India and Europe.
The Turbans is independent and run by the musicians themselves, bringing music to the people, young and old alike, mixing vibrant spontaneity and authenticity with multi-genre instrumental and vocal excellence.
We’ve created The Turbans, now all you have to do is dance.
Afriquoi is rapidly becoming a globally respected name, fusing traditional African elements with electronic sounds drawing on house, garage, dancehall, soca, hiphop and disco.
Formed in 2011 out of London’s cultural melting pot, Afriquoi is a UK afro supergroup, with every musician a band leader in their own right. With members ranging in age across 3 decades, originating from Africa, the Carribean and the UK, Afriquoi is true fusion music in the best sense of the word, bringing together a vast depth of musical knowledge, culture and life
Although celebrated for the five piece live show, Afriquoi DJ sets have developed a powerful profile in their own right, allowing a deeper showcasing of the African and electronic roots of Afriquoi’s sound and adaptable to a much wider range of settings than the full live show. The last 12 months have seen DJ bookings at WOMAD (Fuerteventura), Dimensions (Croatia), Fusion (Germany), and club shows in Belgium, Portugal, Germany and Canada, with many more on the horizon.
As well as Afriquoi’s own album output, Afriquoi’s remix work has been much loved by DJs across the globe, with remixes already under their belt for Vieux Farka Touré, Pierre Kwenders, Tinariwen, Amadou Diagne and Nubiyan Twist, as well as remixes of Afriquoi coming thick and fast by some rising stars of Global Music in a range of different styles.
Expect some heavy original unreleased business!
Kumail Hamid is a 22 year old music producer, who has been experimenting with music that can only be classified under the ambiguous label of “electronic music”. His music boldly pushes the level of experimentation of the current “scene” beyond its club friendly confines, exploring the more ethereal regions of sound. Heavily manipulated live recordings coupled with atmospheric synths and meticulously panned rhythm sections form the fundamental characteristics of his music.
His live act ranges from ambient soundscapes to his more recent, Hip-Hop influenced beats.
So far, Kumail has released two well received EP’s and his most recent, very colourful full length album titled ‘Links’.
Also Alexander Smith, MMat, Cosmonaut, The Fish and many more…
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE DAY
Live music, djs, visual art, theatre, dance and spoken word performances
Story telling and costume customization
Spiritual setting with shady pockets and breathtaking views
Exceptionally tasty locally produced food and bevvies (veggie and vegan options available)
Free drinking water refilling stations
Multiple queue-free bars
Mind, body and soul areas to include yoga, alternative exercising (mental and physical)
Onsite spa and therapies
Free parking (cars, bikes, tuk-tuks and elephants)
WHAT TO EXPECT AT NIGHT
Sick sound systems, awesome visuals, sensory overload
Mega chill beach lounging
ADDITIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE
Music, art and dance workshops
Surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, wake boarding and kayaking. Click here for more info http://vaayuoceanadventures.in/adventure-center/excursions/
Beach yoga, soundbathing
Haute couture costume creation and catwalk
Searching for your spirit animal
Come and play, dance, swim, get stuck in to the festivities and enjoy yourself
Make a holiday of it. Book your travel and accommodation as far in advance as possible – There are heaps of incredible places to stay at prices to suit all wallet sizes but stuff gets booked up quick so get your wiggle on – Check out our accommodation links page below
Open your mind.
Note our programme is now happening from 2pm Re:Fresh Eco Woods
Be glamourous GOATs. Express yourself. It is a party after all
In the words of Baz Luhrmann, wear sunscreen – it’s bloody hot out there
Drink shed loads of water. Stay hydrated and halve the hangover
Drink responsibly – There will obviously be an abundance of fabulous alcoholic beverages but please don’t get carried away
Look after yourself and let us know should you feel unwell, unsafe or have any concerns what-so-ever
Respect. Respect yourself, respect each other and respect your surroundings. There are enough problems in the world, please refrain from causing any more
Recycle – Our aim is to make no environmental impact on our beautiful land. Be nice to it and recycle
GOATs should not
Buy, sell or do drugs. Indian law is very strict and we don’t want any GOATs in jail
Swim after dark and swim in quiet areas. Apart from the shark infested waters 😉 we strongly advise to refrain from a dip unless there are visible life guards. Currents are strong and mother nature can be unpredictable
Remove your GOAT Festival wristband until the festival has ended – No wristband, no entry. Simple
Bring any animals. There is wildlife galore – Leave kitty at home
Bring any food or alcohol from outside the festival. This is part of our license so no packed lunches please
Take endless selfies. Real life is so much better than a digitally enhanced version. Please absorb the amazing experience on offer and forget about your mobile phone
Please collect your GOAT Festival wristband at the following address:
Re:Fresh Eco Woods
183/4 Gawade Baddo
Goa 403512, India
The easiest way to reach Morjim beach is by taxi from Goa airport.
It takes about 75 mins and if four people club together it is super cheap (around Rs 400 / £5 each).
There are many internal flights daily from Mumbai, again, these are very reasonable (around Rs 6000 / £70 return).
Alternatively, for those more adventurous types who would like to experience the joys an 11 hour trip on the Indian Railway system, hop on the train from Mumbai Central to Thivim railway station at a cost of a mere Rs 300 or £3 return!
Ashvem is around 40 minutes taxi ride from Thivim which will cost around Rs 1500 or £15. Click here for more info on routes and booking http://www.indianrail.gov.in
There are thousands places to stay in the neighbourhoods nearby from beach huts to plush resorts to eco cabins
Here are a few options for accommodation all within 5 minutes’ drive from the festival site and to suit all tastes and budgets.
For late bookers that struggle to get somewhere walkable. These areas are all with 20 minutes drive from the site. No more than Rs800 / £10 in a taxi.
We highly recommend to book up soon to avoid disappointment. If for any reason you are struggling to find accommodation, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the accommodations that are so super chilled they don’t even have a website, we have provided a phone number – Give them a call!
Anatahata – http://anahataretreat.com
Palm Grove – http://www.palmgrovebeachresort.com
L’amore – http://www.lamorecottages.com
Tahira – http://www.tahirabeachresort.com
Paradise Beach Shack – http://www.ingoa.info/index.php?cat=Directory&subcat=beach&msgid=63
Ashoka Ashwem – http://ashokaashvemgoa.com
Rococco – http://www.rococcoashvem.com/contact.php
Boomerang Beach Resort – https://www.facebook.com/boomerangresort/about/
Wellness Inn – http://www.wellnessinn.in
Ben’s Inn – http://www.bensinngoa.com
Jamboree Creek – http://jamboreecreek.com
Avalon Inn – http://www.erikapearlvilla.com
Beach Street – https://www.facebook.com/beachstreetresort/about/
Dunes Holiday Village – http://www.dunesgoa.com
Vailankanni – http://www.vailankannicottages.com
Molly’s Nest – http://www.mollysnestgoa.com
The Sunset – http://www.goasunset.in/wordpress/
Hotel Ananda – http://www.anandagoa.com
Riva – http://rivaresorts.com
Sea Paradise – http://seaparadisemandrem.com
D’Souza’s residency – Phone: +91 94223 94816
Riverside – http://www.riversidegoa.com/contact.html
Mandrem Retreat – http://www.mandremretreat.com
Shiva Ashvem – http://www.booking.com/hotel/in/shiva-aahvem.en-gb.html
Hidden Paradise Resort – http://hiddenparadise.in/aboutus.php
La Cabana – http://www.lacabanabeachandspa.com
Leela Cottages – http://www.leelacottage.com
White Feathers – https://www.facebook.com/pg/beachresortwf/about/?ref=page_internal
Marbela Beach – http://www.marbelabeach.com
Papa Jolly – http://www.goapapa.com
Satpurush – Phone:+91 97638 18044
Morjim Resort – http://www.morjim-resort.com/contact-us.html
Rock Water – http://goarockwaterresort.com
Grand Inn – http://www.morjimgrandinn.com
Dear GOAT Goer
It is with much sadness that we have to announce some changes to the format and line-up of this years’ GOAT Festival.
When we started the process of putting this festival together, almost two years ago now, we knew that elections would be taking place in spring 2017 and we were aware that the Indian Government places many restrictions in place in the month leading up to the election. When we decided on our dates we made sure we would be far enough away from the elections not to be affected and were informed by some very senior government officials that they will take place in April or March. Unfortunately, the election date was moved to 4th February meaning the Code Of Conduct restrictions have now come into place and our festival licenses and permissions have been halted in the processing.
We are obviously devastated as we put so much into finding and securing our beautiful piece of land and have spent the whole of December with a team of workers transforming it into an incredible festival location.
We are still determined to make something magical happen and will be using one of our night time venues, the beautiful RE:FRESH Eco Woods. This is in an existing licensed venue which will not be as affected by the election restrictions. By reducing the programme and capacity we will be able to run the event there from 2pm. Thankfully the artists still playing include Gilles Peterson, James Priestley (Secretsundaze), Blot!, Delhi Sultanate, Aqua Dominatrix, Sandunes, The Turbans, Afriquoi (DJ Set), Henry Wu, and Medlar. The artists we are sadly having to lose are Hercules and Love Affair, Dope St Jude, Sorceress, Madboy/Mink, Donn Bhatt + Passenger Revelator and Yussef Kamaal. There will still be lots of fun festival frolics, food, theatre and art and the location is incredible – right on the beach with fantastic sunset jams and for those that are up for it, even more amazing sunrises!
We still want you all to come. I know many of you will have made travel arrangements and booked accommodation but we realise you will now be getting a different kind of festival experience. With this in mind, we have decided to reduce the weekend ticket price to Rs 5000 (around £60) and a day ticket to Rs 2000 (around £24). All tickets will be upgraded to give revellers access to a beautiful garden and pool during the daytime. We will be refunding the difference from your original price in the next few days. If you would like a full refund, this is possible (although we very much hope you will still want to attend!) by emailing your refund request and ticket number(s) to email@example.com
We are truly sorry this has happened. It was just very bad luck that the elections were moved and we have to respect the Code of Conduct in the lead-up to the elections. It has been a massive labour of love to put this event together and although we are very disappointed loosing a few of our artists, we are very excited to put on what we know will be a brilliant event.
See you on the beach!
Team GOAT xx
FAQs & Contact…
Can I get a refund for my ticket?
Afraid not, tickets are non-refundable; however, if you really cannot make it for a valid reason they are transferable. Simply contact our ticketing partner Ticket Fairy to change the name on the ticket: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hold on! Where’s my ticket?
Nothing is sent out in advance. Print your e-ticket off at home or just turn up with ID and the card you made the purchase with and you will be issued a wristband at the entrance to the site. If you have any ticket enquiries, please contact email@example.com or your ticketing agent directly.
What happens when I arrive?
Your purchase confirmation includes a secret code for each ticket you have purchased. When you get on site, each ticket holder must provide their ticket code or have their e-ticket to exchange for their general admission wristband.
Can I buy tickets for my friends?
Yes you can. But our ticketing partner will allow you to reduce the price of your own ticket the more people you bring along! Once you have been through the purchase path, you will be given a code you can pass on to your pals. The more of them that buy tickets, the cheaper your ticket becomes. Refer 10 mates and your ticket is free!
Are there any age limits?
Yes! Due to licensing issues we have to make this an over 18 event. We hope in future years to add a kiddy friendly area but this year I’m afraid it is all about the grown ups. We wouldn’t recommend it because of noise levels and rough terrain, but if you need to bring along any teeny weenies that’s OK.
Are there different types of tickets available for GOAT?
Indeed there are but we think the best way to experience GOAT is to get fully involved for the full three days and nights. However, we appreciate there may be circumstances in which guests may want to purchase just one or two days and there may be some wishing to upgrade to a more luxurious experience. To that end we offer the following options:
Lux Weekend Pass: Lux ticket includes access to daytime / night venues and a backstage lounge area with swimming pool and general swankiness. Featuring special guest DJs.
Weekend Pass: Access to all three days day and night venues.
Day Pass: Access to one day only (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) day and night venues.
FAQs Travel and Accommodation
Where can I stay?
There are heaps of places to stay within walking distance of the festival site to suit all tastes and budgets. We suggest you book way in advance to get the best spot. Click here for nearby accommodation
Can I Camp?
Afraid not. There are no camping facilities on our beautiful site so please don’t turn up with your tent and camping stove! We would not recommend wild camping on the beaches either. If you are on a budget there are some super-cheap beach shacks available.
What is the best transport method?
The best way to get around is by cab. The taxis are cheap and in abundance. We do not recommend hiring a moped / motorbike. As temping as it may be, the roads can be very dangerous with so many bikes and many accidents occur each year.
Coming from abroad?
The best way to get to Goa by flight is flying into to Mumbai or Delhi. The internal flights from there are painless, super cheap and there are flights every 20 minutes with a choice of domestic airlines.
Do I need a visa?
PLEASE CHECK YOUR VISA REQUIREMENTS BEFORE FLYING! We do not want any guests being turned away at customs not having the necessary entry requirements. Generally speaking you WILL need a visa coming from abroad. See official Indian Visa page https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
Do I need jabs to visit the region?
Generally people traveling from abroad should be up-to-date with yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.
Where Can I Park?
There is a large free car park close to the festival which will be well sign posted. Stewards and security will be highly visible to guide you in. We do encourage you to walk to the site or share a taxi when ever you can to keep traffic levels down.
Taxi Drop Off?
Again, in a bid to reduce congestion around the festival site there is a taxi drop off point about 5 mins walk from the main site.
Is there a useful tourism website?
What are the opening times?
Friday 4pm till late
Saturday 2pm till late
Sunday 2pm till late
Can I reenter the site once I have left?
As long as you have your wristband you can leave and come back as many times as you like!
Where can I get a site map?
Please come to the box office for maps and info at:
Will there be wifi?
Yes there will be wifi but hopefully there will be lots to distract you from phones and laptops.
What do I do if there is an emergency?
Please try and inform a member of staff straight away. We will have first aid on site but for anything else the emergency services number is 100.
Is the site wheelchair friendly?
The festival site is on steep hill with rough paths and narrow walkways through the jungle in places. There will be a viewing area for the main stage but other areas may be tricky to reach.
I have other access needs but I’m not in a wheelchair.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to assist you. If you need a personal assistant to help you get around then we can arrange a free ticket for them.